Honolulu Community College (HonCC) offers five programs that are designated as STEM focused:
- Architectural, Engineering, & CAD Technologies (AEC)
- Computing, Electronics, & Networking Technology (CENT)
- Electrical Installation & Maintenance Technology (EIMT)
- Natural Sciences (NS)
- Occupational & Environmental Safety Management (OESM)
Native Hawaiians have historically been underrepresented in the STEM fields, but enrollment at HonCChas grown steadily over the last five years. In Fall 2012, STEM majors represented 10.2% of overall Native Hawaiian enrollment and by Spring 2017 enrollment increased to 13.3%. In addition, when the Associate of Science in Natural Science degree was introduced in Fall 2014, only two Native Hawaiian students were enrolled and by Spring 2017 the enrollment was 14.
There are currently four grant-funded programs at HonCC that support this growth. Eligible students may gain undergraduate research experience, develop connections between Western science and their culture, participate in place-based activities and earn stipends to support their academic pursuits.
Hoomanalowai: STEM Student and Teacher Preparation Program
Poʻi Nā Nalu administers the Hoʻomānalowai program, which provides scholarship and academic support to Native Hawaiian students who are interested in becoming a scientist, engineer, teacher, or other STEM professional, including those with an interest in teaching science or mathematics in the Native Hawaiian community. Support services are designed to encourage students to continue and elevate their studies in the STEM fields.
Support services are designed to encourage students to continue and elevate their studies in the STEM fields through freshman learning communities, tutoring for gateway STEM courses, mandatory advising, professional development workshops, STEM focused workshops, STEM travel, presentation opportunities, and educational awards
Direct student support: training stipends, scholarship, and direct support (internship funding and travel support to conferences)
Teaching & Research Action Clusters (TRACs ) summer program will provide accelerated learning and research experiences for HonCC mid-level undergraduate students each summer.
- Native Hawaiian
- Interested in becoming a STEM professional or teaching STEM in the Native Hawaiian Community
- Enrolled at Honolulu Community College as home campus
For more information about Hoʻomānalowai contact Greg Kashigi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 808-844-2322.
OHA HOONAAUAO SCHOLARSHIP
Poʻi Nā Nalu also administers the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Hoʻonaʻauao Scholarship for Honolulu Community College (HonCC). This scholarship is awarded to high-potential Native Hawaiian students pursuing an undergraduate degree or enrolled in a vocational program at HonCC.
Awardees of the scholarship will receive mentorship through Poʻi Nā Nalu and are required to attend a scholarship orientation, academic advising, and other activities which help strengthen educational, professional, cultural, and leadership development.
Eligible students may receive up to a $2,000 scholarship per year.
- Native Hawaiian ancestry (verified through OHA Hawaiian Registry Program)
- Completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Priority given to non-traditional students and first generation students
- Enrolled at HonCC as home campus
- Attendance at scholarship orientation and completion of intake forms
- Meeting with an advisor at least once each semester
- Completion of one community service event in the Native Hawaiian Community each semester
- Completion of two academic or career related workshops each semester
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress (minimum 2.0 GPA)
HOW TO APPLY:
- Students may apply for this scholarship through the UH Common Scholarship Application
- Application includes a short essay and letters of recommendation
For more information about the OHA STEM Hoʻonaʻauao Scholarship visit the UH-OHA Hoʻonaʻauao Scholarship website or contact Greg Kashigi at email@example.com or 844-2322.
HALAU OLA HONUA (PAGE)
“Our living world, living laboratory.” Hālau Ola Honua, or PAGE, is a consortium grant led by Windward Community College and funded by the National Science Foundation through the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (NSF-TCUP). The purpose of the grant is to support an environmental sciences concentration in the Associates in Natural Sciences degree and develop a degree pathway to Environmental Science and Sustainability at UH Mānoa. The grant also serves to increase the number of Native Hawaiians pursuing degrees and careers in this field. Participating students will gain mentorship in environmental sciences, undergraduate research skills, and opportunities to complete coursework in calculus, geology, and oceanography. Students will also have an opportunity to earn a stipend for their participation.
PAGE Coordinator: John Delay, Assistant Professor of Geography, 808-845-9419, firstname.lastname@example.org
PRE-ENGINEERING EDUCATION COLLABORATIVES, PHASE II (PEEC II)
PEEC II is a National Science Foundation grant funded through the Tribal Colleges and Universities Program. The grant is a collaboration led by Kapiolani Community College to support underrepresented minorities, including Native Hawaiians, pursuing degrees and careers in Engineering. Participating students will gain undergraduate research experience, mentorship, and the ability to complete coursework in calculus. Students will earn stipends for their participation.
PEEC Coordinator: Shidong Kang, Physics Instructor, 808-845-9499, email@example.com
STRATEGIC TRANSFER ALLIANCE FOR MINORITY PARTICIPATION (STAMP)
B2B is a grant funded by the National Science Foundation through the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation’s Bridges to the Baccalaureate (LSAMP-B2B) program. The grant is a collaborative led by Kapiolani Community College that seeks to double the number of Native Hawaiian and other underrepresented minority (URM) students annually transferring into baccalaureate STEM degrees. Participating students will earn stipends and gain undergraduate research experience and peer mentoring.
STAMP Coordinator: Kaleialoha Lum-Ho, 808-845-9176, firstname.lastname@example.org